“Recent years have seen a wild proliferation of vampire novels, all with romance, supernatural abilities, and the requisite blood sucking. D.T. Neal’s Suckage covers that, but more importantly (and, to my knowledge, uniquely among the oeuvre) it addresses the teleological demands of immortality. The span of centuries commingles with spent days so completely that Neal’s vampires often imply they cannot tell what happened when. That claim, however, is a lie, as the author presents his characters as acutely aware of their progression through centuries. …Neal’s subtle style actually condemns them to a doomed future. As philosopher Bruno Latour would observe, these anachronisms “have never been modern,” nor will they ever be.”
“This book will give the reader an out loud moment to cheer for Nate’s strength and life altering decision. And perhaps give us power to make a few of our own as well.”
“Suckage by D.T. Neal is a refreshing take on the classic vampire story that delivers more than just thrilling action…Going above and beyond the call of duty, Suckage delivers the full package: blood, guts, and love. With thoroughly developed characters, intriguing narration, and moral commentary, Neal creates a self-aware and refreshingly frank story likely to appeal to a variety of readers.”
“Great read. Interesting story. Definitely not written as one of today’s standard vampire chick lit stories (which I must add, I am a huge fan of). As always, D.T. Neal takes a subject matter that is frequently written about, and puts his own unique spin on it.”
“Suckage is a smart, snappy, tale set in present-day Chicago…This story had me riveted from the very beginning, and I could not put it down. It’s fast-paced and filled with engaging characters you won’t forget anytime soon. I really enjoyed the modern spin on classic vampire lore. Of course, it wouldn’t be a vampire story without some bloodshed, but gore is not the point. There is plenty of humor and humanity mixed in with the monsters, and at its heart is a tortured romance. It’s definitely not just for horror fans!”
Suckage, by D.T. Neal
Vampires suck. Nobody knows this better than Nathan Sharp, the latest minion of Iris Augenblick, a Venetian vampiress who has been roaming the world in a centuries-old game of cat-and-mouse with her ancient Russian maker, Alexei, before finally settling in Chicago.
Crossing fateful paths with Iris one night, Nate thought he’d found paradise, only to eventually see the bloody reality behind the nightlife of his undead mistress, and the cold brutality of vampire politics. The only thing worse than being a vampire’s victim is being their minion. And if you think serving one is hard, try leaving one behind and living to tell the tale.
Part minion’s memoir, part fractured love story, part critique of vampirism itself, “Suckage” escorts you through the moonlit streets of Chicago and into the very darkest corners of the human spirit with audacious wit, horror, and humor.